Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
In the academic year 2020/21, Relationships Education and Health Education (RSHE) will become statutory in all primary schools in England. This new subject will build on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility. The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.
We have been researching various programmes that are available and have decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten:Ten Resources. Ten:Ten is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work. This programme complements, and will be taught alongside, the current Journey In Love programme that your child currently benefits from.
Life to the Full has been approved by our diocese. Furthermore, Ten:Ten have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.
Through their programme, Ten:Ten understand the foundational role that parents have in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Within the programme, they have built in resources which will not only keep you informed about what is being taught in school, but will also give you the opportunity to engage your children in discussion, activity and prayer.
We would like to have your feedback on our approach, and particularly on the key decisions that we need to take regarding the teaching of certain topics. To this end, we have opened a consultation period during which we welcome your feedback.
Ten:Ten have provided an online Parent Consultation Tool. This is a simple-to-follow, short online course which:
- Outlines the statutory changes that will take place.
- Articulates a vision for Catholic Relationships and Health Education.
- Explains how Life to the Full aims to help us fulfil the statutory curriculum with a Catholic ethos.
- Provides some information about key decisions we need to make, in consultation with parents.
- Answers some Frequently Asked Questions.
Ten:Ten have also provided an Online Parent Portal which will be a tool we can use throughout the year to keep you informed and updated about the work we are doing in school.
To take part in the consultation, please do the following:
- Access the Parent Consultation Tool here and undertake the Parent Consultation course provided.
You will need the following login credentials for our school:
- Complete the following questionnaire by Friday 19th March 2021
If you would prefer to fill in the questionnaire via a paper copy, please contact the office where you will be able to collect one for your use.
In accordance with DfE requirements, we have published a draft RSHE policy onto our website for your perusal. This will be ratified by Governors following the consultation period.
We hope that our approach not only assures you about the new subject we are going to undertake; we hope that this will be an important and exciting opportunity for our entire school community.